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Conferences

Opportunities continue to arise that enable us to promote ageing workforce readiness across a range of conferences where we have been invited to speak, including:

Upcoming:

AIHS National Health & Safety Conference, 18-20 May 2021

Psychological Injury Management in the Workplace Congress, 21 May 2021

AHRI Diversity & Inclusion Conference, 21 May 2021

2021 BusVic Bus Expo & Maintenance Conference, 28-29 June 2021

College of Organisational Psychology, 30 July 2021

Past:

AHRI Webinar Series, 7 April 2021

Wayahead Workplaces, 24 February 2021

SuperFriend: The COVID Age Difference, 11 December 2020

BusVic Women on Board: The Age Difference, 13 November 2020

HBGW Forum: Promoting the Health Benefits of Good Work during COVID-19, 11 November 2020

2019 BusVic Bus Expo & Maintenance Conference, 2-3 October 2019

Return to Work (Safety in Action) Conference, 10-11 September 2019               

Innovations and Advances in Ageing Well (APS Psychology & Ageing Interest Group and NZ Psychologists of Older People), 28-29 June 2019


Articles

AWR Project team members have been interviewed for and written several articles about the ageing workforce, providing further insight and suggestions around how to engage older employees.

Do business better: The next normal needs older workers

Rachael Palmer, nestegg

COVID-19 does not seem to impact everyone equally, and there is a risk that the perceived vulnerability of older people will result in increased ageism. Whether the underlying factors are health, industry or simply age, we can already see employers questioning whether older people are good for business as we navigate this pandemic. Read more…

How to make your dream retirement a reality

Australian Unity

What springs to mind when you think of retirement? Do you have a golden-hued fantasy of travelling the world, renovating your home or playing with the grandkids? Or are you carefully working through a timeline of pre-retirement tasks, making sure your finances are up to scratch and your admin is all under control? Read more…

Keeping up with the older generation

Kate Booth, Collectiva

Australia’s workforce is steadily ageing but the pandemic has brought changes to all facets of life, including people’s retirement plans. Workers may find themselves having to stay in the workforce longer, where superannuation has dropped in value or a partner’s work income has been affected by the pandemic. Others may be facing forced early retirement, through stand-down or redundancy, or fearing age discrimination as they re-enter the recruitment market. Read more…

Why age diversity in business matters

Rachael Palmer, Inside Retail

One of the biggest challenges faced by older workers is ageism. Almost a third of organisations report having an age at which they are hesitant to hire employees, with the majority indicating they are unwilling to recruit employees above the age of 50, according to figures from the Australian Human Rights Commission. While ageism is still widespread, it is based on incorrect assumptions, it can negatively people’s mental health, and it is bad for business. Read more…

Ageism in the workplace starts as early as 45yrs old

Verina Gading, Dynamic Business

About 20% of Australian mature workers – aged 55 years and over – say that they have difficulties finding work or securing sufficient hours. One of the primary reasons for this is their age, even though they are the fastest-growing segment of the workforce.

Older workers are more likely to be discriminated against in the workplace, forcing them to retire early. According to Ageing Workforce Ready (AWR) project leader Rachael Palmer, however, many stereotypes and beliefs about generational differences are not supported by evidence and age discrimination is often fuelled by myths. Read more…

The workplace right older workers don’t know they have

Caitlin Fitzsimmons, The Age

If you’re 55 and over, there’s a workplace right you might not even know you have.

Most people know that parents have the right to request flexible work if they are caring for a child school-aged or younger.

But the Fair Work Act also extends this right – with certain conditions – to other groups of people: carers, people with a disability, anyone experiencing family violence … and people aged 55 and over. Read more…

The ageing workforce paradox

Rachael Palmer, HRM Online

People are living longer, which means they are also working longer either from choice or necessity. We need new thinking about the contradictions and complexities created by an ageing workforce.

When it comes to dealing with our ageing workforce, there is a paradox. 

Let me explain.

Many organisations prefer one-size-fits-all solutions. If employees don’t deviate too far from what’s ‘normal’, then organisations don’t need to cater for strengths and limitations, or accommodate differences. On the other hand, organisations have been implementing initiatives to increase diversity for over thirty years. Read more…

Jobs need to be redesigned to keep Baby Boomers in the workforce for longer, experts say

Jocelyn Nickels, Starts at 60

With an ageing population and the need for more financial stability, Australia is seeing more senior citizens choosing to hold off retirement plans until much later in life. However, experts say Baby Boomers risk being forced out of the workforce before they’re ready if employers don’t work to redesign jobs to suit their needs.

According to a recent report, if employers continue on their current path of penalising rather than encouraging older workers, the number who will need to be supported by other workers could rise by an average of 40 per cent by 2050 across developed nations, including Australia. Read more…

A New Retirement Conversation

Rachael Palmer, LinkedIn

People have been questioning the use of the word “retirement” for a few years now. Many of these opinion pieces focus on the negativity of the word – for example, you retire objects when they’re old or broken. The words we choose to use are important because they influence how well we’re understood as well as how we feel. So the label we give to “retirement” matters because it impacts how we relate to others and to ourselves when discussing this topic.

A colleague recently told me how she and her husband were having a fundamental disagreement about retirement – she wanted to retire quite soon, and he never wanted to retire. After several fraught conversations and the inevitable tension build-up she asked her husband what he wanted to do if he didn’t retire. He replied that he wanted to resign from his current job, do some part-time consulting gigs, get involved in volunteer work, and have more time for travel and grandchildren. My friend laughed – that was exactly what she meant by her retirement. Read more…

How to establish a new routine in a time of social distancing, according to an organisational psychologist

Rachael Palmer, SmartCompany

Often, we think of transitions as things like having a baby, starting a new job, or moving cities.

But this pandemic is demanding that we quickly transition to a new way of living and working.

Rapid change can be very challenging, and we need ways to harness our strengths to find our new normal. Never in our lives have we had to face anything quite like this, and we can be at a loss to know how to respond. 

Schlossberg’s transition model provides a practical and versatile approach to working through life changes. In the age of COVID-19, taking stock of our routines and relationships to create a transition plan will be a good place to start for many of us. Read more…